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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ma·ter·ni·ty /məˈtɝnəti/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 ma·ter·ni·ty /məˈtɝnətɪ/ 名詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ma·ter·ni·ty n.
 1. The state of being a mother; motherhood.
 2. The character of a mother; maternal quality; motherliness.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to
           birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her
           uterus [syn: pregnancy, gestation]
      2: the kinship relation between an offspring and the mother
         [syn: motherhood]
      3: the quality of having or showing the tenderness and warmth
         and affection of or befitting a mother; "the girl's
         motherliness made her invaluable in caring for the
         children" [syn: motherliness, maternalism, maternal